Rolex is arguably the world's strongest brand, across all categories. It is immediately recognised and associated with success and luxury – a status symbol for the rich and famous. While this may not be the reason to own a Rolex, it does mean that the second-hand value of a well-preserved Rolex is unbeatable. We have seen many models appreciate in value over the years.
And Rolex make fantastic watches! This Datejust we have for sale is a COSC certified watch, which means that it lives up to the standard required to have the Chronometer marking on the dial. It winds automatically it keeps time very, very well.
The Datejust is one of the most classic Rolex designs, and there have been a few variations over the years. It was first released on the jubilee celebration in 1945 on the 40th anniversary of the Rolex corporation.
This Ref 1603 Datejust dates to approx 1977 and is in superb condition for its age. It looks fresh and new but it has the tell tale signs of a vintage piece. The crystal, which is perfect and unscratched, except a very small scratch at the edge around 12' o clock, is acrylic which gives a softer, more organic impression than modern sapphire crystals. The silver dial, which is in superb condition for its age, is of pie-pan style and is marked with two T's around the text 'Swiss' at 6 o' clock, denoting tritium luminescence. The bezel is engine-turned.
It comes on a Jubilee bracelet in fantastic condition with very little wear marks and virtually no stretch, but the lug holes are drilled which makes strap changes a breeze. Imagine this beauty on a high-quality croc or lizard strap, maybe dark brown, maybe tan, black, or.... dark Rolex green suede! Actuallly it'd go with pretty much anything!
The magnifying cyclops date window is an instantly recognisable Rolex signum. In contrast to the date complication on many other watches, where they have tried to hide the date, the Datejust proudly magnifies it. Perhaps because the Datejust was the first watch with a date that automatically switched over at midnight. The 1603 movement is a slow-set date change movement.
This watch is from approx. 1977 and has been taken very well care of. Not overpolished, like many watches of this age, and it has tiny hair string scratches from use but nothing that's visible without close inspection. The most visible scratch is on the lower right lug, as can be seen in the pictures, but again, you have to look for it to see it. On the wrist this watch looks absolutely stunning.
Comes in a well-preserved vintage genuine Rolex wooden box and padding, reference 68.00.08
This watch comes with a certificate of authenticity and one year warranty from Arlington Watches.
Men's / Unisex
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Oyster Perpetual Datejust
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Original Rolex Jubilee
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